Udner $300 there are a lot of cool phones from a Chinese manufacturers that meets the needs of 90% of customers: they take great photos, play Full HD videos on YouTube and even run games. Next – TOP models in the price range under $300.
1 place – Xiaomi Pocophone F1
In Europe and USA, the price of this smartphone is on average $320 for version 6/64. On Aliexpress you can easily find sellers that offer this model for a $270.
Plastic case, 2 SIM support.
Android OS 8.1 + upgrade to 9 Pie.
IPS display, 6.18 ”, 2246×1080, Gorilla Glass.
Processor: Snapdragon 845.
Memory: 6 GB of RAM + 64 GB disk + slot for microSD-card (occupies the connector of the second SIM).
Main camera: 12 Mp, f / 1.9, 1.4 micron + 5 Mp depth sensor, f / 2.
Front camera: 20 megapixel, f / 2.
Battery: 4000 mAh, quick charge QC 3.0.
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, infrared face scanner, 3.5 mm jack.
SoC Snapdragon 845. Usually, the processor is put in expensive flagships.
6 GB of RAM.
A cool camera that gets better with the GCam app.
Headphone jack and microSD card.
Face recognition that work in the dark.
There are complaints about arbitrary resetting of incoming calls (solved by setting the “Preferred 3G” option in the settings).
There is a risk of taking a smartphone with screen gleams. When choosing in a store, it is advisable to check the light by opening a picture with a gray background.
The delay of the screen sensor. Although the problem with stable firmware 10.1.3.0 has already been solved.
Pocophone F1 is the only smartphone up to 20 thousand rubles with Snapdragon 845.
2 place – Honor Play
As the Pocophone F1, this model also received a flagship processor made by HiSilicon.
Android 8.1 + upgrade to 9 Pie.
IPS-display, 6.3 ”, 2340×1080, the average color error DeltaE – 4.5.
Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 970.
Memory: 4/6 GB + 64 GB.
Camera: 16 MP, f / 2.2 + 2 MP depth sensor, f / 2.4.
Front camera: 16 megapixel, f / 2.
Battery: 3750 mAh, fast charging with adapter of 18 watts. The device withstands 25 hours of communication, 11:30 hours of video playback.
Connectivity and connectors: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 3.5 mm headphone output, USB Type-C.
High-quality large display.
Flagship SoC Kirin 970 in the device up to $300.
Good camera for taking photos.
Heating the case under load.
If low light the photo are bad.
No electrical stabilization when recording 4K. Disgusting quality when recording Full HD 60 FPS.
For its price, this is a great smartphone, and it is almost a flagship. It copes with all tasks, takes good pictures and even unlocks using face recognition.
3 place – Huawei Mate 20 lite
The Mate 20 line includes 4 smartphones – the usual Mate 20, as well as the Pro, Lite and Mate 20X. The cheapest is Huawei Mate 20 Lite based on HiCilicon Kirin 710 SoC.
Aluminum case, support 2 SIM.
Android OS 8.1 + upgrade to Android 9 Pie.
IPS display, 6.3 ”, 2340 × 1080, 409 ppi.
SoC: Kirin 710.
Memory: 4/64 or 6/64 GB + dependent slot for microSD-card.